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Covid Pandemic

Coronavirus Emergency Support Fund

The Community Foundation is working hard –  like so many people are –  to help allay some of the hardship caused by the Coronavirus pandemic in our local communities.

We have launched The Leicestershire and Rutland Coronavirus Support Fund for charitable organisations working with those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Support Fund is for:

1. Immediate Emergency Relief

Apply if you are a constituted charitable or community organisation in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, providing immediate emergency relief to one or more groups of people below:

Grants sizes are usually between £500 and £5,000.

The Grants are made from the National Emergencies Trust money; and some companies and private donors have also added to the fund, notably SEGRO.  These grants are our first priority and the team is focused on processing applications as quickly as possible. Please read the ** Coronavirus Support Fund Eligibility and Guidance ** before submitting an application.

To apply for emergency funds click **here**

If you are able to donate please click here

2. General Coronavirus Support

A smaller part of the fund is made up of donations from local companies and donors to meet important but less immediate needs that have arisen due to the lockdown and the Coronavirus crisis, for example

As we are prioritising emergency and immediate relief, it will take longer to review less urgent – though important – applications. Please allow us 4-6 weeks to process.

Grant sizes are usually between £500 and £5,000.

To apply for funds click **here**

If you are able to donate please click here

Please contact a member of the Grants Team if you have any queries or need help at any stage of the application process. We are always happy to help in any way we can.

Telephone: 07310 166 399 or 07496 179 376    Email:

3. Recovery and Rebuild

We can’t at the moment give grants for rent, core costs, forward planning and other recovery activities. We know local charitable and voluntary organisations have been hard hit themselves and we share concerns about the effect that this will have on the health and stability of our local communities. It tends to be easier for donors to see emergency needs than the great value of a stable and resourced local charitable and voluntary sector, but we are already looking at ways we can support recovery.

If you are able to donate please click here

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